Storm Water Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's Answers
What is storm water? Rain water that does not infiltrate into the ground or evaporate and enters the storm drain system. Storm water eventually empties into our creeks and tributaries.
Where does it go? Water entering the storm sewer system through a catch basin or storm drain flows directly to a creek or tributary. It does not go into a treatment facility prior to discharging into surface water.
Why do we need a storm water management program? Non-point source pollution is carried into our surface water by way of rain into the storm sewers. This pollution adversely impacts water quality, threatens aquatic life, becomes concentrated as it advances up the food chain producing harmful effects.
What should I do if I observe someone dumping oil or another contaminant into a storm sewer? Contact Jennifer Pyle at the Department of Environmental Health & Safety immediately, 302-831-8475. If after regular business hours (8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday) contact Public Safety 302-831-2222. If the incident occurs off campus, you should contact DNREC Emergency Response Hotline 1-800-662-8802.
What is a watershed and why is it important? A watershed is the area of land that drains to a particular body of water and ultimately to the sea. We all live in a watershed. To learn more about watersheds, please click on the Center for Watershed Protections Webpage.

Questions or comments about this program can be addressed to or call 831-8475.